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Beckett’s DantesIntertextuality in the Fiction and Criticism$
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Daniela Caselli

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071560

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071560.001.0001

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Fatigue and disgust: Murphy and Watt

Fatigue and disgust: Murphy and Watt

(p.81) 4 Fatigue and disgust: Murphy and Watt
Beckett’s Dantes

Daniela Caselli

Manchester University Press

This chapter reassesses the roles of mimesis and authority in both Beckett and Dante from an intertextual point of view. It studies the promise of an invisible Dante, which has been read by critics into Murphy in ways that overlook the puzzling nature of this promise. It shows that it leads to a study of the status of invisible presences and visible absences in Beckett's ghostly oeuvre. This chapter also looks at Dante's visible absence, which is significantly linked to Beckett's poetics of residua, marginality and fragmentariness. It includes a discussion of the ‘Addenda’ section in Watt.

Keywords:   mimesis, authority, intertextual, invisible Dante, Murphy, invisible presences, visible absences, ghostly oeuvre, poetics, Addenda section

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